R.I.P Allan Simonsen
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: United Kingdom
this year has been the first incremental pay rise I have ever had.
Having wasted 15 years in engineering I have seen a skilled turners pay drop from around £11 per hour in 1995 when I left school, to £8 an hour 18 months ago when I left the profession for good. at the point of walking away I had just finished 2 years of evening school for CAD / CAM qualifications, having ploughed a couple of thousand pounds of my own money into the black hole. At the end of the course I got a 'congratulations' and a paper trail covered with distinction after distinction for absolutely nothing more than a 'thanks, bye'.
I hear people talking about a skills shortage in engineering, but despite being tome served, and with paper qualifications to degree level, there was absolutely nothing there, leaving me to take a 10,000 p/a pay cut to move into another profession (turners pay was made up from rapidly disappearing over time)
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